CATIE Center

ASL Immersion and Deaf Mentor Training Instructors

Elizabeth Beldon
Elizabeth Beldon attended Ohio School for the Deaf where she met and married a deaf man named James. They have three grown children and ten (5 deaf and 5 hearing) grandchildren. She earned a Master’s at the University of Akron. Mrs. Beldon was an instructor in the ASL and Interpreting program at the University of Akron for 15 years. From 1995 to 2008, she was a full-time Associate Professor at Bethel College’s 2-year Deaf Studies and 4-year Interpreter Training Program in Mishawaka, IN. Mrs. Beldon has provided numerous workshops and seminars on ASL topics, including interpreting, American Deaf culture, marriage and parenting skills, religion, and how to teach ASL classes.


Jimmy Beldon, CDI, MA, has been a professional involved in the interpreting field on many levels. He currently teaches in the Interpreter Training Program at St. Catherine University in St Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Beldon received his master’s degree in Deaf Education with an ASL Specialty from Western Maryland College. He is a nationally renowned interpreter educator. He is a popular presenter requested to travel across the United States giving workshops on a variety of topics and was served as vice president for RID. Mr. Beldon and his family currently reside in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Elizabeth (Betti) Bonni
Betti is congenitally deaf, a native Chicagoan, and a product of the public schools in the city. She pursued a bachelor’s in Social Work at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), with support services from the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID). The academic, professional and personal journeys have taken her to all four corners of the United States. Among her many stops were stints as a camp counselor in Seattle, an actress with the National Theatre of the Deaf, a Leadership Training Program student at California State University, Northridge (where she received her Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision), an interpreter trainer in St. Paul, MN, a community educator in St. Petersburg, FL, a doctorate student at University of Colorado, Boulder. It was in Boulder where Betti experienced her first online course, and recognized that this was the wave of the future, providing educational opportunities using blended technological resources. While in Colorado, she supervised distance and onsite staff in the Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center programs, as well as monitoring course delivery to students. In 2005, she had the opportunity to return to her beloved Florida where she is now a tenured faculty member of the Sign Language Interpreting Program at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.



Nigel Howard has a BA in Psychology (U. of British Columbia) and Post Graduate certification in Deaf Studies (U. of Bristol) and has worked for 13 years at the Program of Sign Language Interpretation at Douglas College. He provides a variety of workshops, training and courses for both Deaf and interpreter communities throughout North America and many parts of the world. He has over 15 years of Deaf Interpreting experience in varying capacities (local, national and international). He is a member of the Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI), Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) and World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI).